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Stony Brook Delivers: Gearing Up, Counting Down to the 100,000th Birth at Stony Brook Medicine
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Stony Brook, NY, August 11 , 2015 – Stony Brook Medicine has launched a countdown towards the upcoming 100,000th birth of a baby (or babies, if a multiple birth) at Stony Brook University Hospital. The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Helping Stony Brook University Hospital towards this milestone in more ways than one, is Brittany Weiss, RN of Lake Grove, Long Island. Brittany is pictured in the center holding daughter, Hazel Rae, born at Stony Brook on March 12. As a Stony Brook Labor and Delivery Nurse, Brittany has helped dozens of moms through childbirth. On a recent day off, Brittany brought in Hazel (who, finding the visit very familiar and comforting, took the opportunity to catch some shut eye) to visit her co-workers. At left, Kathleen Vandeventer, RN, Mother-Baby Lactation Coordinator; at right, Susan Little, RN, L&D Nurse Manager. Congratulations to the Weiss family!

According to Todd Griffin, MD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine, there are between 10-20 deliveries each day at Stony Brook University Hospital; the 100,000th delivery is expected in mid-August. Currently, this milestone is only 77 births away ( 15 births on Aug. 10 ). A celebration, anticipated for mid-August, is planned when the 100,000th milestone is reached.

Those interested in keeping track of the countdown should visit the Stony Brook Medicine Facebook page and Twitter feed .

People who delivered or who were delivered at Stony Brook are encouraged to share their personal stories on Stony Brook Medicine’s Facebook wall. Expectant moms who are planning to deliver at Stony Brook are also encouraged to share their due dates.

About Stony Brook University Hospital

Stony Brook University Hospital serves as Suffolk County’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center. It is part of Stony Brook Medicine, which represents Stony Brook University’s entire medical enterprise, including its five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as the major centers and institutes, programs and more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit StonyBrookMedicine.edu.

About Stony Brook Medicine Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine

Stony Brook Medicine Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine is dedicated to the health and well-being of women and their babies. As Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the most advanced designations from the New York State Department of Health, Stony Brook Medicine offers the highest level of obstetric and neonatal care possible for every delivery scenario. To learn more, visit medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/obgyn .

To learn more, visit StonyBrookMedicine.edu .

Reporter Contact: Elizabeth Streich

(631) 444-3398 or elizabeth.streich@stonybrookmedicine.edu ; Follow us on Twitter @sbunewsdesk and @StonyBrookMed